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Yakuza 6 Launches in the West on March 20th, Launch Edition and Premium Edition Announced

Yakuza6_logo_wht_png_1502996813.pngThis morning SEGA USA has announced that Yakuza 6 The Song of Life will be launching in North America and Europe on March 20th, and have also announced a Launch Edition and Premium Edition of the game.

The Dragon of Dojima has had a long and weary road brawling with endless thugs and belted his heart out to countless karaoke tunes in the Yakuza series, and it’s time for one more story. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, the final chapter of long time protagonist Kazuma Kiryu’s story, is coming to the West on March 20, 2018 for PlayStation®4! The game will be will be available for the suggested retail price of $59.99/CA$79.99 in the Americas, £49.99 in the United Kingdom, €59.99 in the rest of Europe, and A$89.99 in Australia.
In Yakuza 6, Kiryu will find out exactly how much people are willing to sacrifice for family – be those ties through blood or bond – when he investigates a series of shadowy events that involve the ones he holds closest to his heart. He’ll journey to familiar grounds in Kamurocho and the new setting of Onomichi, a beautiful, sleepy port town in Hiroshima Prefecture, in order to find the answers he seeks. Powered by the brand-new Dragon Engine, the game is the ultimate iteration of Yakuza’s blend of gritty crime story, hyper-explosive combat, and all the vices and distractions those locales have to offer.
Since Yakuza 6 is Kiryu’s last outing as the main protagonist in Yakuza, it’s just proper to release the game with our first-ever premium edition! The ultra-classy “After Hours Premium Edition” contains the perfect tools to lounge like a true yakuza:
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Heres what you can expect to find in this Premium Edition:
  • Hardcover Art Book – The intense human drama and magnetic world of Yakuza 6 will be on display in this stunning art book. We’ll have more details on what will fill the pages at a later date.
  • 2 Bar Glasses (280ml) – Designed with Kiryu’s ferocious dragon tattoo, these bar glasses are the perfect receptacles for your beverage of choice.
  • 2 Ice Stones – Cool down your drinks with a pair of heat action branded ice stones! One features the flame heat action icon, while the other has the Japanese “kiwami” heat action icon. Chilling has never been so… extreme.
  • 2 Coasters – A true yakuza knows how to relax with class, so coasters are a must have when lounging after hours. Protect table surfaces with style by placing your glasses on top of official Tojo Clan branded coasters. Plus, you won’t need to play the “is this my drink?” game because of their inverted colors!
  • An Outer Box – All of these essential tools will be housed within a collectable outer box.

Splatoon 2 Nintendo Switch Bundle Heading to North America on September 8th

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Today Nintendo of America has announced that the highly sought after Splatoon 2 Nintendo Switch bundle will be making it’s way to North America as a Wal Mart retail exclusive.

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 17, 2017 – Walmart will be the exclusive retail partner for a new Nintendo Switch bundle that includes a download code for the Splatoon 2 game, a fresh carrying case and colorful new Joy-Con controllers in Neon Pink and Neon Green. The bundle will be available starting Sept. 8 at a suggested retail price of $379.99 and offers fans in North America their first chance to get their hands on that Joy-Con color combination.

“Consumers in Japan and Europe have already had a strong response to Splatoon 2bundles in their territories,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “This exclusive Walmart bundle gives people who have been waiting to buy a Nintendo Switch a great value and incentive to get splatting.”

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It’s good to see that Nintendo is confidant enough in Splatoon 2 to make it the first bundled game with the Nintendo Switch. However we can’t help but find it odd that Nintendo is deciding to only supply this at Wal Mart and not other retailers such as GameStop, Best Buy and Target. Hopefully this will be in plentiful stock for those who are looking to get their hands on one.

Also during this announcement, Nintendo has announced the next round for Splatoon 2’s Splatfest! Flight vs. Invisibility. It will be interesting to see which side comes out on top!

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Mary Skelter Limited Edition Announced

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Today Idea Factory International has officially unveiled the Mary Skelter Limited Edition that will be available for pre-order on August 22nd!

The Limited Edition will include the following:

Includes:

  • Blood Maidens Cloth Poster
  • Mary Skelter: Nightmares Novel Book
  • Mary Skelter: Nightmares Official Art Book
  • Reversible Cover Sleeve
  • Collector’s Box

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Cyberdimension Neptunia Hits PS4 Oct 10th, Steam Delayed till Early 2018

Today Idea Factory International announced a release date for the upcoming Hyperdimension Neptunia spin off Cyberdimension Neptunia.

The world of Alsgard calls! Cyberdimension Neptunia™: 4 Goddesses Online will release on the PlayStation®4 system October 10 (NA) and October 13 (EU) in both physical and digital formats. To ensure a smooth gameplay experience, the Steam version of the game has been rescheduled for an early 2018 launch.

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It’s good to see that Cyberdimension Neptunia will be releasing in the US and Europe this Fall as opposed to this Winter! Sadly this seems to have come at the cost of the Steam version of the game, which was delayed until early 2018. You can check out the latest trailer here:

No news on a limited edition yet, hopefully we will see it as we get closer to launch!

Dragon Quest Heroes 2 Review – Honored Traditions

Developer: Omega Force

Publisher: Square Enix

Platform: PlayStation 4*, PC (Steam)

ESRB Rating: T

Release Date: April 25th 2017

MRSP: $59.99

*The PS4 Version was used to review this game

A retail copy was purchased by the reviewer for this review.

It’s been a few years since the release of “Dragon Quest Heroes,” a fun little ARPG tower defense game that served as a love letter to the franchise. With the sequel in the spinoff series going fully open world, and adding various new elements to the mix, will it stand up to the original? Today we take a look at Dragon Quest Heroes 2.

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Etrian Odyssey V Launches on October 17th in North America

This morning Atlus USA has announced that Etrian Odyssey V will launch on October 17th in North America. No word on when Deep Silver will publish the game in Europe. Hopefully we will get some information soon on a European release! In the meantime check out the latest trailer for Etrian Odyssey V explaining the Fencer class!

Dark Rose Valkyrie Review A Rose With a Few Thorns

Platform: PS4

Developer: Compile Heart

Publisher: Idea Factory International

ESRB Rating: T

Thank You Idea Factory International for a Review Copy of this game.

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Dark Rose Valkyrie is the latest JRPG brought to us by Compile Heart and is a collab project from developers known for working on Tales of Symphonia. This game is also one of the few JRPGs put out by Compile Heart that is a brand new IP separate from the Hyperdimension Neptunia series, and even tries some new ideas in terms of storytelling and gameplay. So how does this game fare?

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Miitopia Review You Call this a Utopia?!

Platform: Nintendo 3DS

Release Date: July 28th, 2017

MSRP: $39.99

ESRB Rating: E

A Review Copy Was Provided by Nintendo

Miitopia is the latest game in the “Mii” series of video games and is one of the first ones to get its own standalone release. Miitopia seems to be an extension of the Mii Plaza game “Find Me” in terms of concept. So how does this game fair now that it was able to be fully fleshed out with its own kind of campaign? Well, the answer to that question may not be what you think, so let’s take a look into Miitopia.

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Dragon Quest XI Echoes of an Elusive Age Heading Westward in 2018

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Today Square Enix has delivered on some awesome news that a lot of Dragon Quest fans have been hoping to hear. Localization of Dragon Quest XI has officially begun!

 Fans of great stories, captivating art and alluring music are certain to rejoice with today’s announcement from SQUARE ENIX® that DRAGON QUEST® XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age TM will be coming to the West next year.

The highly anticipated latest entry to the beloved DRAGON QUEST video game franchise follows the adventure of a hero who must solve the mystery of his fate with the aid of a charming cast of supporting characters. DRAGON QUEST XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age will offer a world of adventure, exploration and instances of heroism— all brought to life by the character art of famed manga artist Akira Toriyama and the memorable music of composer Koichi Sugiyama.

More details about the Western version will be revealed in Fall 2017.

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It’s really awesome to see Square Enix bringing more Dragon Quest goodness to the west! So far we do not know which versions of the game are being localized. The game just recently released for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS in Japan, with a Switch version in development. It’s safe to assume we will at least get the PlayStation 4 version, but let’s hope Square Enix will have some awesome news for Nintendo fans as well this fall!

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Hey! Pikmin Review A Proper Spin Off

Platform: 3DS

Developer: Nintendo

Publisher: Nintendo of America

Release Date: July 28th

MRSP: $39.99

A Review Copy Was Provided by Nintendo of America

The Pikmin franchise is probably one of my favorite video game series ever, I remember buying a Wii U specifically to play Pikmin 3, and the thing that pushed me over with the Switch was the promise of a Pikmin 4, so when Nintendo announced a new spin off game in the Pikmin series I was extremely skeptical about this offering. After all, we are coming right off the heels of Metroid Prime Federation Force, so my expectations for this game were rather low. That being said, after playing Hey! Pikmin I can say that this game managed to surprise me in many ways.

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